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Gov: Madigan to attend Monday meeting on pensions

Published: Friday, June 7, 2013 3:19 p.m. CST • Updated: Friday, June 7, 2013 3:26 p.m. CST

CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Pat Quinn says he has spoken with House Speaker Michael Madigan and they plan to sit down Monday to discuss how to fix Illinois' $97 billion pension crisis.

Quinn has been trying to meet with Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton since the Legislature adjourned last Friday without a pension deal.

Madigan didn't attend a meeting the governor called Tuesday. But Quinn says Madigan told him Friday that he will attend a meeting on Monday.

Quinn has called lawmakers back to Springfield for a June 19 special legislative session on pensions. He says he will push legislators every day until then to forge an agreement to fix the worst-in-the-nation pension problem.

Quinn called the special session after two credit rating agencies downgraded Illinois' rating because of the Legislature's inaction.

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